Best: Philadelphia 76ers — Julius Erving
It’s a tight race between Julius Erving and Charles Barkley for top historic 76er, but we’ll give a slight edge to Dr. J over the Round Mound of Rebound in two of the best NBA nicknames ever. Barkley hit the better peak as a Sixer since Erving played his best years in the ABA, but Dr. J matched Barkley’s MVP win and won the one thing Barkley wasn’t able to win: a ring.
Erving averaged 22 points a game and made the All Star Game all 11 seasons in Philadelphia. Interestingly enough, neither of them leads the franchise in all time win shares. That honor goes to Dolph Schayes by a fairly wide margin, but Schayes dominated in the 50s for the Syracuse Nationals, so we’ll stick with the modern guys.
Worst: Philadelphia 76ers — Andrew Bynum
In 2012 the 76ers traded away Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, Mo Harkless, and a first round pick in the blockbuster four team Dwight Howard trade, and they did it all to build around talented 25 year old All Star Andrew Bynum. In what would become a theme for prize Sixers acquisitions to come, Bynum struggled all year with injuries.
While nursing knee injuries, Bynum infamously suffered a setback in a bowling alley and ended up missing the entire season before leaving Philadelphia in free agency. He never played a game for the franchise. But he might just be keeping a seat warm for Markelle Fultz these days.